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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – After two overtime periods and six penalty strokes in a shootout, No. 23 Ohio State defeated No. 17 Rutgers, 4-3. The Buckeyes (5-5) recorded their first conference win of the season and improve to 1-2 in the Big Ten while the Scarlet Knights (7-2) fall to 1-2.
QUOTE FROM HEAD COACH JARRED MARTIN
“I am really proud of the team to come away with our first Big Ten win. Our offensive movement and passing was good throughout the game and the resolve to come back against a talented Rutgers team was something the team can be proud of.”
“I liked our defensive tenacity in the second half, but we needed to bring more of that at the start. After both our first half goals we conceded too quickly. This conference is so strong, and we need to stay disciplined no matter the time or score. Rutgers is dangerous and we did a good job as the game went on to hold our shape and limit their opportunities.”
- Under two minutes into the game, senior Kelsey Nolan scored the Buckeyes’ first goal off a pass from Nikki Trzaska.
- Rutgers responded right away, scoring the team’s first goal of the game two minutes later.
- Ohio State took the lead again off a goal from Katie Pyle in the 11th minute. Julianna Sweeney sent a pass across the goal which Pyle received and finished right in front of the goal.
- The Scarlett Knights again responded to the Buckeyes’ goal as Rutgers’ Nikki Profita scored her second of the game with 22 minutes to play in the half. Rutgers would score again in the 26th minute to take the lead over Ohio State off a corner.
- Both teams went without a goal for the first 27 minutes of the second half until sophomore Sammy Stone capitalized off of a penalty corner opportunity. Stone took the corner for the Buckeyes and senior Courtney Daniels took a shot that Stone then redirected into the net.
- Both overtime periods went scoreless and the game went into a shootout. Nikki Trzaska, Sina Schwinn, Esther Clotet, Jessica Hourihane, and Kelsey Nolan all took shots for the Buckeyes, and Nolan finished the sixth shot to record the game-winning goal.
- Katie Pyle and Nolan scored their second goals of the season and Stone recorded her third of the season in the contest at Rutgers. All three players achieved single-season career highs in the contest.
- Ohio State is now 4-1 when scoring the first goal of the game on the season. The team is now 2-2 when trailing at half.
- Ohio State outshot Rutgers 20-8 and earned 12 penalty corners compared to Rutgers’ four.
- The game was the second of the season that went into overtime for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is now 2-0 in overtime contests this season. The game also marked the first time this season that the Buckeyes have played in a shootout.
- In eight matchups, this is the first time that a game between Ohio State and Rutgers has gone into overtime.
- The last time that Ohio State played in a game that went into a shootout was almost a year ago to the day. On 9/24/2017 the Buckeyes lost to Michigan State 2-1 in a shootout.
- Ohio State is now 3-2 when playing higher ranked teams on the season.
- In her first shootout of her Buckeye career, Aaliyah Hernandez denied two Rutgers strokes to help secure the Ohio State victory. Hernandez improves to 5-4 on the season.
- Nolan’s game-winning goal is her first of the season and first of her career.
Ohio State is back on Buckeye Varsity Field next weekend for a complete weekend of home conference competition. The Buckeyes will play Indiana on Friday (4 p.m.) and No. 13 Iowa on Sunday (12 p.m.).